Frugality pays off for Royal Arctic Line

Royal Arctic Line is set to install Frugal Technologies’ intelligent engine management on more ships in its fleet, after its installation aboard the container ship Malik Arctica yields ‘significant’ fuel savings.

In a statement sent to today, Frugal Technologies said that Royal Arctic Line installed Frugal Propulsion onboard the three-year-old vessel at the end of 2019 and ‘they have seen a significant improvement in the ship’s performance on the long voyages between Denmark and Greenland’.

Frugal Technologies added that the system has so far been installed and tested on four cargo ships at different shipping companies, and the average saving in fuel consumption after a run-in period is 10-15% – which for many feeder ships, ro/ro vessels, chemical tankers and ferries will correspond to 2-4 tonnes of fuel per day.

Anders Bay Larsen, Senior Director of Fleet Management at Royal Arctic Line, commented: ‘We have a payback period of 10-12 months, which makes Malik Arctica an attractive business case. At the same time, we are reducing the ship’s CO2 footprint and supporting our ambition to protect the fragile climate in the Arctic. Therefore, we have indicated that we are ready to enter into a dialogue about a Frugal solution for another of our cargo ships.’

Frugal Propulsion is an ‘intelligent learning-control system’ that integrates with the ship’s existing propulsion control system (PCS). Using sensors, Big Data and advanced algorithms, the system ensures that the machine is constantly optimised for the draught, load, waves and wind.

Peter Hauschildt, the CEO of Frugal Technologies, described the collaboration with Royal Arctic Line as ‘a big step towards a breakthrough’ for the Danish company.

‘Ships transport the vast majority of the world’s trade, so there is enormous potential in making them more efficient – both in terms of finances and the climate. With Frugal Propulsion, we add artificial intelligence and Big Data to the control of the engine and propeller, while ordinary control only involves static factory settings. It offers some unprecedented opportunities to optimise fuel consumption,’ said Hauschildt.

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor